Hello there, welcome to the week
Last week's CTO Craft Con was brilliant - thank you so much to all of you who attended, and especially to everyone who spoke or joined a panel; feedback has been amazing, and we really enjoyed pulling it all together. Keep your eyes peeled, as we'll be running more of these events in the near future. If you have any feedback for us on the event, please do drop a reply to this email and let us know.
We'll be restarting our weekly CTO Craft Bytes sessions on April 9th - there'll be an announcement in Slack and in next week's TMW about the session topic and panelists.
We added over 150 new Community members over the conference - if you're a TMW reader and not yet a member of the Slack community, do head over to the Community page and fill in the form, and we'll get you added.
That's all from me - enjoy the content, and see you soon!
Andy @ CTO Craft
CTO & Co-founder of Touco Lab, Evelina Vrabie shares the 3 types of feedback: appreciation, coaching and evaluation in a digestible Q&A format
Reads of the Week
Focus on Your First 10 Systems, Not Just Your First 10 Hires — This Chief of Staff Shares His Playbook
As Chief of Staff at HashiCorp, Kevin Fishner focuses on treating the company like a product. Here, he unpacks why the systems side of company building doesn’t get as much attention and digs into the nitty-gritty details of how they set and track progress toward goals, and make decisions through writing at HashiCorp.
Building a strategy is always an involved process. This past fall, we took it upon ourselves to build a technology strategy for Futurice leading up to the year 2022. By structuring the work in a smart way, we were able to make it fairly easy on ourselves and complete it in less than three months.
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Culture & People
It’s critical that you focus on leadership behaviors and fostering a culture to ensure that the organization can thrive as it moves to this new model. Core DevOps principles such as collaboration and empathy are necessary when an organization is striving to accelerate its ability to deliver highly targeted value to customers continually.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It’s a favourite among Fortune 100 companies, government agencies and regular people. More than 1.5 million people take it every year. It is a thriving multimillion-dollar-a-year industry.
We’re on the brink of a disruption as great as last year’s sudden shift to remote work: the move to hybrid work — a blended model where some employees return to the workplace and others continue to work from home.
There are a few qualities that differentiate average from high performing software engineering organisations. I believe that attitude towards the design of code and architecture is one of them.
Leadership & Self-management
Most of my conversations with clients involve problems, difficulties, and things going wrong. That's the nature of coaching, but it's also the nature of senior leadership.
The reason you might find yourself so exhausted and burned out after a hard day can be influenced by what psychologists refer to as the ego-depletion effect.
The following is a piece I wrote for the incredible Tanveer Naseer’s Leadership blog, republished here. There are so many myths surrounding burnout; in this article I break down three of them – and share what you can do to counter those myths and prevent burnout in your organisation. Enjoy!
There is an excellent article on this topic: https://www.brendanreid.com/blog-1/4-tips-to-jump-from-manager-to-director. I truly enjoyed it and learned. Now that I crossed the bridge, I would like to share a few thoughts myself.
Agile, Engineering & Product
It's easy to write about how important it is to have a Sprint Goal and a Product Goal. While nobody disagrees with the value of shared goals, most teams and organizations struggle with them nonetheless.
Maybe, “Agile” in general is a management fad and not trend at the moment. But what we can say for sure is that Scrum has become very popular for software development purposes. A seasoned Scrum master is nowadays in high demand.
Many organizations nowadays have an urgency to adopt Agility. Fast changing markets increase the risk to miss opportunities, which uncovers that organizations are often too slow.
At some point in your programming career, you’ll be asked to mentor your peers. This likely means you are on someone’s shortlist for a technical management position in the future. Perhaps, you’re already a technical leader on your team or the star programmer on your current project.
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